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Few Easy Words to Be Had as US Spelling Bee Begins

Youthful contestants in the Scripps National Spelling Bee reacted with a combination of shock and awe to some of the words they were assigned as the annual competition began on Wednesday. Jeremy Ortmann, a 14-year-old eighth-grader from Hobe Sound, Florida, recoiled and laughed in disbelief when asked to spell "gesamtkunstwerk," a German word for a perfect work of art. "You were saving that one for me, weren't you?" he said to pronouncer Jacques Bailly, then...

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